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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

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Comment by Plinius on December 10, 2015 at 11:31pm

I'm still here Carl, but I've been struggling with a problem that came up in June - and I had to minimize a lot of activities. I'll write a blog about it when/if things go as I want them to, perhaps in January. 

Comment by kathy: ky on December 10, 2015 at 10:10pm
Thank you Carl. I find it difficult to keep the groups straight. Sometimes I'll try to comment on a group l don't belong to :) l read much more than write so I feel like l belong to all of them.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2015 at 8:58pm

Just a friendly reminder.  Our treasured friend Daniel is not a member of this group, so he's not likely to get your messages here.

Joan, sorry to hear about all the destruction.

BTW, haven't heard from Chris in a while. Has she been elsewhere on this site.  I haven't been on here too much lately.  I know Ian is traveling.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 8:08pm

Daniel, were any of your trees broken or uprooted? Any other damage? 

I am in Spokane this week and driving through town, many signs of downed trees remained. On the south hill and a half block from my home, many trees were uprooted. It seems the center of the storm was in Manito Park and my neighborhood. Several neighbors lost roofs, caved in cars, others lost trees, some had messes to clean up and no damage. Quite a dreadful scene. 

I lost the top of a Ponderosa pine, my fence to the south was blown over, and I gained stacks and stacks of debris. I am having the two Ponderosa pines cut down because I don't want anyone harmed by them should we get more of these blasts. 

This is our new normal. 

Given that reality, how does one face the facts of changes taking place and remain calm? This is a good test. 

Comment by kathy: ky on December 10, 2015 at 3:20pm
Daniel, hope all is well. I just heard on the weather channel that a tornado had touched down in Battleground Wa.
Joan hope you are fine too.
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 1:28pm

Carl, My primary care doctormedical oncologist, surgical oncologist are all women, and from Russia, India, and Iran.

It is exciting for me to learn from these women how they balance family, training, profession, and personal time management. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 1:17pm

Carl, glad you could hear "Sammy". The video shows him from many different venues as he sings. His posture and gestures add so much to his rendition. 

I looked for a different video; I found "That Old Black Magic" in later versions.however, he was not as physically active as his younger days. I guess even Sammy slows down as he ages. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 10, 2015 at 11:46am

Carl, your report of your sister's quick recovery from surgery is good news, indeed. Fatigue may be a new normal for both of you. For person's as young as both of you, I imagine that will create a problem because you are still in the "Productive" stage of life. Daniel faced that problem, too. Luckily, his retirement starts soon, and he can enjoy a more leisurely pace. Slowing down is difficult;  my fervent hope is that you, your sister, and Daniel become quickly at ease with the new normal. You still have a few years to go until the usual retirement age; I am a little old lady and have no reason to resist the urge for a nap.  

I had a devil of a time finding a way to send Sammy's video. It is so "Hot!". Many of Ruth's excellent photos and videos do not come through to me; sometimes I can find them, other time  I cannot. Bummer! I"ll see if I can get "Sammy" into a readable state for everyone. 

I am glad your health care delivery system is close to you, and you have excellent attention from your entire team. Your "Attitude of Gratitude" will help your healing. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 10, 2015 at 11:00am
Got to hear Sammy! The audio works on my phone but not on my laptop. Whatever. That's a clip from the I Dream of Jeannie show! How funny. That's Doctor Bellows and Roger in the audience. I've always liked that song. Judy Garland has a great rendition as well. Sammy was one of those all around great entertainers. Sang, danced, acted. I've always enjoyed watching him.
Comment by Randall Smith on December 10, 2015 at 7:42am

Sammy came through loud and clear: "That Old Black Magic"--surprised he'd choose that song (being black and all).

Nothing special going on. Babysat my grandkids the other day. Exhausting! Took a long walk down the road yest., and noticed a woods was being logged. I asked the logger about the availability of the tops for me to cut and take home. No problem, but do I want to do it? I have enough wood for at least two seasons. I guess it can wait. Cutting firewood is a disease of sorts. It's hard to explain.

 

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